It’s Delicata Squash Season!

It is almost fall.  That means delicata squash and cooler temperatures. Two of Carrie’s favorite things!  Delicata squash is easy to bake. It has a flavor akin to sweet potato fries.

Squash sizes vary quite a bit.  The squash in this recipe was 1 lb after slicing it up.

Be sure you eat the skin!  It is edible and not hard/thick like a lot of squash. It tastes good too!

Choosing your squash

Look for a squash that is firm and has no soft spots. Avoid ones with wrinkled skin or that feel light for its size.  Ripe delicata will be light yellow with green strips. Unripe squash will be light green.


You can store delicata on the counter for 2-4 weeks. It will keep for up to 3 months if you put it in a cool dry place (50-55 degrees.)

Baked Delicata Squash
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Delicata squash is easy to bake.  It is zero SP (depending on your seasoning.) 

You can, and should, eat the skin.  That means no peeling is necessary!

Use the seasoning of your choice. We like Penzey's Rocky Mtn and/or Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel.  You can just use salt, pepper and garlic powder though. That would be great too.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Squash
Servings: 2
Calories: 80 kcal
Author: Carrie
  • 1 Squash
  • 1 spray Cooking Spray (olive oil)
  • 1 Tbs Penzey's Rocky Mountain seasoning
  1. Wash the outside of your squash well.

  2. Cut off a little on each hard end.

  3. Cut the squash in half lengthwise

  4. Using a sturdy spoon, scrape out the seeds and stringy center "mush."  (If you save the seeds, you can bake them later with a little garlic salt for a delicious snack.)

  5. Cut cross-wise in 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick slices.  You should end up with a bunch of "C" shaped slices.

  6. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (F)

  7. Optional: Place a sheet of parchment paper on your pan

  8. Spray the pan (or parchment) with a little cooking spray

  9. Lay the slices of delicata in a single layer.

  10. Spray the squash with a little cooking spray

  11. Sprinkle your seasoning over the squash. (NOTE: If you are using a seasoning that is likely to burn, consider adding it immediately after you pull the cooked squash out of the oven.)

  12. Cook for 30 minutes - Check a few minutes early in case your oven cooks a little hotter

  13. Serve

Recipe Video

Delicata photo in this post:


2 Replies to “It’s Delicata Squash Season!”

  1. Just like you, I want to avoid the oil and all that work that comes with frying. That’s why I was thrilled to test air fryers and see if they could satisfy my hankerings for crispy food, fat, and fuss-free.

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